Strong Pitching Carries Mizzou to Victory

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Ian Berger
Junior Ian Berger

Feb. 29, 2008

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- - No. 5 Missouri picked up its first win over a ranked opponent this season by defeating No. 22 San Diego State 3-1 on the Aztecs home field of Tony Gwynn Stadium Friday night in San Diego. The Tigers improve to 5-1 on the year and snapped SDSU's four-game winning streak.

In his first start of the season, junior Ian Berger turned in a career-long 7.1 innings on the hill to claim the victory. He matched his career high with five strikeouts on the night and did not walk a batter, allowing just one run on six hits.

Both teams put a run on the board in the third inning, as MU scored first when sophomore Trevor Coleman singled to drive in junior Ryan Lollis. The Aztecs (5-2) answered in the bottom of the inning when Troy Hanzawa connected on a solo home run to tie the game.

Mizzou quickly regained the lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Sophomore Aaron Senne singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single by sophomore Greg Folgia. Senne scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Kyle Mach.

The Tigers extended the lead to two with a run in the eighth, as senior Jacob Priday drove in his team-leading 10th run of the season with a single that scored Lollis.

Freshman Nick Tepesch came on in relief of Berger in the eighth inning, with runners on the corners and just one out. It took just two pitches for Tepesch to force Hanzawa to ground into an inning-ending double play. Junior Scooter Hicks pitched the ninth inning to earn the save. The save was Hicks' eighth of his career, which puts him 11th on the all-time saves list at MU, just one out of the top-10.



The Tigers, who defeated Cal earlier on Friday, will take on the University of San Diego at 3 p.m. CT (1 p.m. PT) Saturday before finishing play in the USD Tournament against Cal Poly at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT) on Sunday.
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